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Report Claims Mexico Is Second Deadliest Country And Mexico Isn’t Having It

A recent report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) claims that in 2016, Mexico was the second deadliest conflict-zone in the world, placing it behind war-torn Syria. The report was quickly picked up by President Trump, who retweeted the story to his 29 million followers. However, Mexican officials believe the IISS methodology was flawed, leading to misleading and “sensationalist” data, The Guardian reports.

According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Mexico experienced 23,000 homicides in 2016, putting it behind Syria’s total of 50,000 fatalities.


According to IISS data, Mexico outranks both Iraq and Afghanistan in “ten most lethal conflict zones in 2016.”

IISS officials claim the “conflict deaths” are related to escalations in cartel violence, CNN reports.


The survey shows that homicides rose in 22 of Mexico’s 32 states, and that “small arms” play a heavy role in the violence. The report also attributed the number of homicides to more than cartel on cartel violence. Citizens, as well as journalists, politicians, and the authorities are often caught up in the conflict, which the IISS compared to civil war levels of violence.

The report’s statistics didn’t sit well with many people.


They were quick to point out that there are other countries with higher homicide rates.


Mexican authorities, also dispute the legitimacy of the IISS report’s claims that Mexico is a “conflict zone.”


As The Guardian reported, Mexico’s foreign and interior ministries released a statement, saying, “Mexico is far from being one of the most violent countries in the world.” The ministries pointed out that Mexico’s murder rate of 16.4 per 100,000 citizens was far lower than that of many Latin American countries, including Honduras, which has a murder rate of nearly 90.4 per 100,000 citizens. Also mentioned is that some U.S. cities top the list of most violent, including St. Louis and Detroit.

The Economist reported that several of Mexico’s cities have the highest death rates in the world, but these areas are typically affected by cartel violence, which is often influenced by bordering countries, including the U.S., whose dependence on the drug trade contributes to the cartel’s violence.

Despite the violence, much of Mexico remains unaffected. As The Guardian pointed out, tourism in the country is on the rise, up 9 percent in 2016, and in the last few years, many top drug cartel leaders have been killed or captured.

For more on this story, check out The Guardian.

[H/T] The Guardian: Is Mexico really the second-deadliest country in the world?

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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A University Is Releasing A Historic Mexican Cookbook Filled With Recipes You’d Want To Try

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The University of Texas San Antonio is bringing the history of Mexico into our kitchens. The university is releasing cookbooks that are collections of historic Mexican recipes. Right now, the desserts book is out and online for free. Main dishes and appetizers/drinks are coming soon.

You can now taste historic Mexico thanks to the University of Texas San Antonio.

UTSA has had an ongoing project of preserving, collecting, and digitizing cookbooks from throughout Mexico’s history. Some books date back to the 1700s and offer a look into Mexico’s culinary arts and its evolution.

UTSA has been digitizing Mexican cookbooks for years and the work is now being collected for people in the time of Covid.

Millions of us are still at home and projects like these can be very exciting and exactly what you need. The recipes are a way to distract yourself from the current reality.

“The e-pubs allow home cooks to use the recipes as inspiration in their own kitchens,” Dean Hendrix, the dean of UTSA Libraries, said in UTSA Today. “Our hope is that many more people will not only have access to these wonderful recipes but also interact with them and experience the rich culture and history contained in the collection.”

The free downloads are a way for people to get a very in-depth look into Mexican food history.

The first of three volumes of the cookbooks focuses on desserts so you can learn how to make churros, chestnut flan, buñelos, and rice pudding. What better way to spend your quarantine than learning how to make some of these yummy desserts. We all love sweets, right?

If you want to get better with making your favorite desserts, check out this cookbook and make it happen.

There is nothing better than diving into your history and using food as your guide. Food is so intrinsically engrained in our DNAs and identities. We love the foods and sweets from our childhood because they hold a clue as to who we are and where we come from. This historical collection of recipes throughout history is the perfect way to make that happen.

READ: The Laziest Food Hacks In All Of The Land Would Send Your Abuela To The Chancla

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Instead Of Celebrating Her Quince, This Teen Donated It All To Help Victims Of Covid-19

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Instead Of Celebrating Her Quince, This Teen Donated It All To Help Victims Of Covid-19

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Few days are as important or as celebrated as a teenager’s 15th birthday. So imagine the level of selflessness one must have to be able to say ‘no, I don’t want any of the celebration, I rather help out my community.’

Well, one teen in Merida, Mexico did just that this week when she told her family ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to her big quince and instead used the money that had been raised for her special day to help out her neighbors who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Her party was canceled thanks to Coronavirus, so she decided to help out those less fortunate.

In many countries across Latin America, the quinceañera is a huge milestone for teenagers. Beautiful dresses, visits from the entire family, big parties, and the best gifts are the norm at most quinces. But for 15-year-old Jiromy Xool Pech, instead of spending money on a lavish birthday celebration, she opted to use her party funds to help feed the needy.

Jiromy and her family had long planned her quinceañera – she had been looking forward to it for years. But with the pandemic hitting her community in Mérida particularly hard, the teen decided to put the party aside and use everything that had been invested in the ceremony to help her neighbors who have been impacted by the pandemic.

“Instead of partying, I prefer to give food to people, to help them with that,” Jiromy told El Universal. Jiromy not only asked to donate the money for her quince to the community, but she was also out there helping distribute the food to her neighbors.

Jiromy and her family weren’t alone in helping out the community either. Much of the food that was given out was prepared from by neighbors and local businesses that came to join Jiromy’s cause once word began to spread.

Unfortunately, many quinceañeras have been canceled or postponed thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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One of Mexico City’s most famous markets for buying quince dresses – el Mercado Lagunilla – has been closed for three months. This ins’t just hating a major impact on dressmakers and salespeople, but it also means that young teens aren’t able to buy the dresses to celebrate their big day.

But not all is completely lost: there are those who have begun to return, like Ximena González, who came with her family to try on dresses. Her quince was scheduled for May 16, but the pandemic changed everything, and now they expect it to take place in November.

“I was scared and upset but I had to accept it. Some friends can no longer go because they are moving,” she told El Universal. She added, “I hope that when it is my party the infections have gone down and that everything is done as if nothing had happened.”

Mexico has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, including Jiromy’s hometown of Merida.

Jiromy’s selfless act to help her community comes as Mexico continues to see record breaking numbers of cases. Tens of thousands are dying and even more are losing their jobs and being forced back into poverty.

As of August 6, Mexico has more than 456,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 49,698 people have died from the virus. In Jiromy’s state of Yucatan, there have been more than 10,000 cases of the virus and it’s had a huge impact on tourism, which is a major economic force in the state. Therefore, it makes sense that the 15-year-old thought it was important to use the money raised for her party to help those who are suffering financially.

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